15. Magic, Myth and Monsters: Policing the Borders of Belief
14 October 2019, 11:45 - 12:15
Focussing on early modern trials, from that of Magdeleine d'Auvermont, who dreamed herself pregnant while her husband was away fighting in the wars, through to that of Louis Gaufridi, burned as both a witch and a magician, Wes Williams explores what courts, confessions, expert witnesses, and common conceptions can tell us about how societies police the frontiers of the credible, the borders of belief…then as now.
SpeakerWes Williams was born in Rangoon, grew up in India, and moved in his early teens to Croydon. After a first degree in French and German at St John’s, Oxford he studied in Germany for two years, in Hamburg and in Berlin, before starting a DPhil in Renaissance French writing back at St John’s. He taught as a College Fellow at New College for fifteen years, before moving to a University Lectureship and Fellowship at St Edmund Hall at the start of 2006. Wes’s main research interests are in the field of Renaissance literature:... Read Full Biography
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The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight....